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Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

826 N Second St, Memphis, TN 38107 (Downtown)
901-527-3427
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Ranked #18 of 86 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Traveler Description: Slave Haven is the former home of the Burkle family. In 1978, the family revealed that the home had been a stop on the underground railroad in... more »
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Brooklyn, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This was a small but fascinating museum. Apparently house was used as a stop on the underground railroad. When we pulled up we weren't sure we were in the right place because its just a house in a pretty crappy neighborhood. But totally worth the time. Really interesting.

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Apple Valley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We love history, and wanted to see the slave haven. However, you don't want to ask any questions because the two people that were there the day we went were completely aggravated because I asked questions, such as how they knew the facts of what they were telling us. I didn't doubt what they were saying but wanted to know... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Being in the cellar will stay with me. I actually asked to go down there a second time for more time to reflect on what my ancestors experienced as they risked their lives in pursuit of freedom, and thankfully, the tour guide allowed me to do so. The Burkle family story is fascinating. The presenters shared a lot of interesting... More

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

we sort of stumbled upon this little gem from chatting with the MonoRail attendant at Mud Island...when asked about the "must sees" in Memphis, this was his only recommendation. It is an amazing glimpse into the days of the slave trade, emancipation, and the risking of life n' limb to participate in the underground railroad...it truly is a remarkable place!

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Margaret River
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I highly recommend a visit to Slave Haven when in Memphis. Our host and tour guide, Tangela, told the story of a really nasty part of Americas history. Her presentation was extremely informative, very professional and without prejudice. It was amongst the best and most touching tours I have experienced. This tour would not be suitable for younger children, not... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

For such a historical place, it is badly run down and unkept. I think the city should take some of the Beal st money and repair this place and other historical sites around town.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The tour was phenomenal! The tour guides were exceptionally in depth in many details, with the knowledge and really got the group engaged in the history, with FACTS, nothing subjective -- with the Spiritual songs that the slaves came up with as code words (Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot); they explained so much about what it was like being shackled on... More

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Tampa, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Visited with the whole family and was pretty disappointed in this house. First of all it's not very well kept up - trash all over the yard, basement stinks and very dirty. Nothing is original and it just seemed full of propaganda. The tour guide spent much of her time talking about how black people are still oppressed. A good... More

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Seattle
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We had two guides for different parts of the tour. Both women were very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject and this particular property's history. The details of how a newly arrived German family would set up their property and house to help free slaves was very interesting and detailed.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

$10 a pop for a look around a tiny house, not a good start. I am a white man and was the only person on the tour. I was made to feel uncomfortable and almost directly at fault for slavery. I was asked if I thought slavery was a good idea, I mean c'mon - it was both patrionising and... More

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